In 2022, inflation and energy costs and how good of a job incumbent governor Gretchen Whitmer is doing are some of the most important issues people are thinking about. Join the Mackinac Center for Public Policy near Escanaba to hear about these issues and more.
Since 2020, Michiganders have been shocked to learn about state laws that appeared to grant Gov. Whitmer near unilateral and unlimited powers. The governor took control of the state – forcing people to stay home, businesses to close, restricting the exercise of religion and more. While some of these powers were struck down by the Michigan Supreme Court, many more exist in state law. Michael Van Beek, the Mackinac Center’s director of research, will talk about current proposals that would prevent the next lockdown and fix Michigan’s emergency power laws.
Prices on everything are near all-time highs, but this is especially true in the energy sector. Many of these problems are because state lawmakers have gotten away from basic economic principles. What Michigan needs is a stronger reliance on free markets, property rights, personal responsibility and human ingenuity to manage our natural environment and provide access to essential energy resources. Jason Hayes, the Mackinac Center’s director of environmental policy, will discuss the “Seven Principles of Sound Energy Policy” which will help humans flourish while still continuing to improve the quality of the environment we live in.
Thursday, August 18, 2022
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Island Resort and Casino
W 399 US-2
Harris, MI 49845
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Jason Hayes is the director of Environmental Policy for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Jason has spent the past three decades focused on energy and the environment. He has worked as a forester and park ranger in the backcountry of British Columbia. He has co-authored research on National parks and grizzly bear management at the Fraser Institute in Calgary, AB. He spent fifteen years researching and communicating energy and environmental policy in the North American energy industry, before moving to Michigan. His comment and analysis has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Hill, National Review, and many other media sources.
Michael Van Beek is director of research for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. He has authored several studies for the Center as well as analysis and commentaries that have been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Detroit News, the Detroit Free Press, The Grand Rapids Press, The Oakland Press and elsewhere.